Evolutionary Anthropology Graduate Students

Shauhin Alavi

Advisor: Erin Vogel

Frank Batiste

Research Interests: I am studying Theory of Mind (ToM) as an evolutionary basis for human sociality. My dissertation research will be focusing on the extent to which ToM is dependent on language. That is, do variations in language--structure, use & vocabulary--translate to differences in ToM abilities accross cultures? Also, I am interested in the extent to which ToM is independent of language: what core components of ToM do we share with chimpanzees and other non-human primates?

Timothy Bransford

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Advisor: Erin Vogel

Research interests: orangutan energetics, nutrition, and life history; primate and biodiversity conservation

Susan Coiner-Collier

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Evolutionary Anthropology program
Graduate Advisor:Rob Scott

Melanie Crisfield

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Evolutionary Anthropology program
Graduate Advisor: Susan Cachel


Research Interests: Experimental biomechanics, primitive morphology and the origins of bipedalism, environmental adaptations.

Sarah Hlubik

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Evolutionary Anthropology program
Graduate Advisor: Jack Harris

Research Interests: Early human control of fire

K. Padmini Iyer

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Evolutionary Anthropology program
Graduate Advisor: Lee Cronk

Research interests: Risk management; East African pastoralists; social networks

Mareike Janiak

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Evolutionary Anthropology program
Graduate Advisor: Rob Scott

Research Interests:primate dietary ecology, dietary adaptations, evolution of digestive enzymes

Research project: For my dissertation I am planning a cross-species and cross-site comparison of pepsinogens in New World monkeys in Costa Rica and Nicaragua, in order to investigate how differences in diet act as a selective force on enzymes in the digestive system.

Mulu ("Stan") Kivai

Evolutionary Anthropology program
Graduate Advisor: Ryne Palombit

Research interests: Primate behavioral ecology and conservation

Robert Lynch

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Graduate Advisor: Robert Trivers

Research Interests: In general I am interested in using evolutionary logic to understand human behavior.  I am also looking for ways to connect specific DNA seqences with both morphology and behavior.  Finally I am intersted in the evolution of sex and, in particular, within species sex differences in the rate of recombination.

Nancy Moinde-Fockler

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Graduate Advisor: Ryne Palombit

Research Interests: I am a behavioral ecologist with broad research interests in ecological anthropology and biodiversity management. My PhD thesis has two main intellectual components. The first component tests the socioecological theory by examining primate behavioral responses to human alteration of habitats. The second component examines variation in land practitioners' attitudes and values towards wildlife in general, and baboons in particular, as a means for testing predictions of Wildlife Value Orientation (WVO) theories. My study links theory with practice by evaluating the utility of both the socioecological and WVO models as effective resource management and conservation tools for wildlife that inhabit human-modified habitats.

Michelle Night Pipe

Advisor: Lee Cronk

Darya Presnyakova

Evolutionary Anthropology program
Graduate Advisor: Jack Harris

Research Interests: Lithic assemblages and paleolithic archaeology

Darshana Shapiro

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Evolutionary Anthropology program
Graduate Advisor: Rob Scott

Research interests: Miocene apes, functional anatomy of the pelvis, reconstructing primate locomotion in the fossil record.  My dissertation focuses on using the internal trabecular anatomy of the pelvis in conjunction with its external morphology to reconstruct locomotion in extinct primates, particularly Miocene apes and australopithecines.  I am interested in testing locomotor hypotheses via high-resolution X-ray computed tomography and contributing to ongoing debates in paleoanthropology about the evolutionary context of the rise of bipedalism in hominins.

Rene Studer-Halbach

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Advisor: Susan Cachel

Research interests: My research interests are paranthropine diet and ecology. I plan to study the ecological differences between sympatric australopithecine species, focusing on their diets.

Pamela Weis

Pam Weis

Research interests: I am interested in the challenges of teaching evolution to U.S. high school students. Legal and legislative battles come and go as teachers are faced with day-to-day decisions in the classroom about what to teach to students with a diverse range of views, including those who are firmly opposed to evolution. The larger U.S. science education crisis is strongly impacted by this one issue, and widespread public misconceptions about evolution do not help to improve matters. For my dissertation I intend to observe teachers and students in introduction to biology classrooms in U.S. high schools. Ultimately, I hope that this research will contribute to our knowledge about how best to teach evolution in the face of ongoing challenges.

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